Antonio Conte’s men are caught cold by the Viola’s ruthless precision in front of goal on an afternoon to forget in Florence
A Giuseppe Rossi second-half hat-trick consigned the Bianconeri to their first reverse of the season as Fiorentina ran out 4-2 winners in yesterday’s Serie A meeting at the Stadio Artemio Franchi.
Before the Italian frontman netted his first from the penalty spot on 66 minutes, Juventus appeared to have the game well within their grasp after establishing a two-goal lead by the interval courtesy of strikes from Carlos Tevez and Paul Pogba.
In fact, the hosts only had a Facundo Roncaglia effort to show from their endeavours in the opening 45 minutes, an attempt which Gigi Buffon was able to comfortably gather.
But the penalty turned the encounter on its head and enabled Fiorentina to stage a remarkable 14-minute revival in which Rossi completed his hat-trick and substitute Joaquin also found the target.
The late onslaught allowed the hosts to wrestle the game’s overall statistics back in their favour, commanding 54.5% possession and showing greater precision in their passing, completing 86.7% of their deliveries compared to Juventus’ figure of 81.2%.
The Bianconeri did, however, lead in the shots on target stakes – eight to seven – but were ultimately left to rue their inability to kill the game with a crucial third goal.